Ryan Hunter to Retire from SCE Gaskets - Engine Builder Magazine

Ryan Hunter to Retire from SCE Gaskets

Ryan Hunter, founder and president of SCE Gaskets, has announced he will be retiring and stepping away from the business. He penned a letter outlining additional details of the decision. He spent 33 years running SCE. 

“Born from a desire to fund a family racing hobby, I started a tiny business in 1990 in my mom and dad’s garage in Southern California,” Hunter wrote. “At the time, we were selling copper head gaskets made by a contract supplier in El Segundo. Three years later, I quit my job in construction management to work full-time at the new business and began to acquire the equipment needed to produce the bulk of our products. In 1998, we incorporated as SCE Gaskets, Inc. and by that time our racing and performance gasket offering was gaining distribution across the US, Canada and Australia. 

“Votes of confidence by several key people propelled the brand in its early days. In 1993, Brian Robbins presented the line to George Lane and soon, Motor State Distributing was stocking our products. That same year, Jim (JT) Turney of Summit Racing Equipment invited me to speak at their newly opened Tallmadge, OH headquarters. There, I met Paul Sergi who welcomed us into the Summit family of suppliers. Over the years, I’ve visited with countless engine builders across North America, learning from each one how to solve their toughest engine sealing issues. I have been fortunate to count many icons of racing and the performance automotive aftermarket as my friends and mentors. 

“Aaron, my son, is now president and his wife Ashley is director of marketing for the brand. Together with their partners at Athena S.p.A. they have placed the company on a solid footing for continued success. The SCE Gaskets brand is adding new and innovative gasket solutions and the private brand manufacturing portfolio is steadily growing as well. 

“I have been incredibly blessed to work with my family from the beginning, including my late father Dan, and mother Dee Hunter. Janice, my wife, managed our offices until just last month and all three of our children, Caleb, Sarah and Aaron, have been vital to our success. 

“I have a few projects that have been waiting for my time to complete and occasionally I’ll contribute technical content for SCE Gaskets. March 31, 2023 will mark 33 years and my last day at SCE Gaskets. It has been a wonderful journey and I thank each of you for being a part of it.” 

Warmest regards, Ryan D. Hunter 

You May Also Like

2025 Daytona 500 Logo Unveiled

Logo pays tribute to iconic Harley J. Earl trophy presented to winner of The Great American Race.

Daytona International Speedway has unveiled the 2025 Daytona 500 logo, paying tribute to the design roots of speed as it features the iconic Harley J. Earl Trophy front and center. Variations of Harley J. Earl awards were presented to Daytona 500 champions for decades. But, it wasn’t until 1998 that the modern Harley J. Earl Trophy featuring Earl’s Firebird I concept automobile, hand-sculpted by artist John Lajba, atop a black trioval base, was presented in Victory Lane.

SEMA Names Ryan Stutzman as New CFO

Stutzman replaces current Vice President and CFO George Afremow, who will retire in June after 12 years with SEMA.

Liqui Moly Sponsors World’s Largest Porsche 356 Gathering

Promoted annually with the seal of Porsche AG and the Official Porsche Club, the International Porsche 356 Meeting takes place on a rotating basis in several countries.

Sick Week Wins USA Today’s Readers’ Choice for Best Motorsports Race

The week-long event held throughout Florida, plays host to over 350 street cars.

NHRA Names New South Central Division Director

Johnson will oversee NHRA member tracks in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Other Posts

McLaren Racing’s Zak Brown to Receive IMRRC’s Cameron R. Argetsinger Award

Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing, will receive the 10th annual IMRRC Cameron R. Argetsinger Award at a gala presented by Sahlen’s, NASCAR, Watkins Glen International and IMSA, on Thursday, September 12, 2024. The dinner and presentation will be held prior to the running of the NASCAR Go Bowling at The Glen event, September 11-15,

Schaeffler to Support Automotive Transmission Service Group Education

Schaeffler to provide ATSG members with ongoing education and technical resources.

Bryan LaFlam Secures Ownership Stake in BigStuff Total Power Management

LaFlam will work alongside Ben Davidow, who acquired the company in 2021, as co-owner and director of operations.

Mazak to Unveil New and Expanded Product at IMTS 2024

Mazak’s booth will feature a wide range of machines from its Ez, SYNCREX, QUICK TURN, NEO and INTEGREX series this year at IMTS.